Last Update on: October 3rd, 2023 at 11:58 am
Rinku Singh, on Tuesday (October 3), once again displayed his immense finishing ability as he played a crucial knock for Team India during the quarterfinal against Nepal in the ongoing Asian Games.
After Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad added 103 runs for the first wicket, India lost two more wickets in quick succession to find themselves reeling at 119 for 3 in the 13th over. The likes of Tilak Varma (2) and Jitesh Sharma (5) failed to get going with the bat.
Rinku Singh walked out to bat in the 17th over after Yashasvi Jaiswal was dismissed for 100 runs and the score was 150 for 4. He hit a six in the 18th over before playing out three dot balls in a row to end the over. India were on 163 for 4 at the end of the 18th over and needed a strong finish to post a good total on a ground where batsmen are scoring runs for fun.
Rinku Singh finishes strongly:
With Shivam Dube struggling to play the big shots at the other end, the onus was on Rinku Singh once again to deliver and he did not disappoint. India scored 39 runs in the final two overs including 25 runs in the last over and Rinku Singh scored 30 of those runs.
In the 19th over, he and Dube hit a six each to collect 14 runs. And the 20th over was all about Rinku Singh. Up against Abinash Bohara, he hit the Nepal bowler for two fours and two sixes to help India cross the 200-run mark which looked out of reach just a couple of overs ago. Rinku Singh remained unbeaten on 37 runs off just 15 balls with the help of two fours and four sixes.
Here are the highlights of his knock:
.@rinkusingh235 was the King towards the end 🔥
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— Sony Sports Network (@SonySportsNetwk) October 3, 2023
Rinku Singh’s whirlwind cameo eventually played a decisive role in the game as India beat Nepal by 23 runs to storm into the semifinal. After India scored 202 for 4, Nepal finished their innings on 179 for 9.